The ILO in Lebanon

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    Agricultural workers harvest crops in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. 

    Lebanon has been an ILO member state since 1948 and has ratified 50 ILO Conventions, including seven fundamental Conventions. Lebanon’s capital Beirut is home to the ILO Regional Office for the Arab States (ROAS), where it has been located since 1976. Political developments since 2007 have precluded the development of a Decent Work Country Programme. Due to the onset Syrian refugee crisis began in 2011, the country now plays host to the largest number of refugees per capita in the world, while official unemployment is expected to rise from around 11 percent to around 20 percent. Since the ILO ROAS opened its doors in Lebanon the agency has worked with its tripartite to develop programmes to counter the effects of the Syrian and Palestinian refugee crises, combat child labour, govern migrant labour, enhance social dialogue as well as reform labour governance and social protection in the country. More on Lebanon


  1. Child labour in agriculture in Lebanon: A guide for practitioners

    Worldwide, almost 60 percent of working children aged 5–17 years can be found working in agriculture (including farming, fishing, aquaculture, forestry, and livestock). This amounts to more than 98 million girls and boys.

  2. Labour Market Information Review and Analysis: In-focus on Northern Lebanon

    The purpose of this study is to collect and analyse labour market information and services provided by different organizations across Lebanon, but particularly North Lebanon.